We’re in a content-driven world. Long gone are the days of high quality and prolonged process, it’s all about publishing content and getting results, as fast as possible.
Writer Kitty Burns Florey once said,
When your great-great-grandchildren find that letter of yours in the attic, they’ll have to take it to a specialist, an old guy at the library who would decipher the strange symbols for them.
She has a point you know. Handwriting is practically dead. Today, it’s uses barely extend shopping lists, Christmas cards and, well, that’s about it.
Children are now taught on iPads and computers in schools, and long form essays and handwritten novels are a quickly dying breed.
But is this necessarily true? Will we ever reach a point where we stop teaching handwriting altogether? Will everything be done digitally?
I’m a big culprit. As a millennial, I barely studied how to join up my words and cross my Ts. And my handwriting is atrocious, trust me. I love how easy it easy to type on a computer, and I find my fingers can keep up with my thought process a lot easier when I write digitally.
But that doesn’t mean to say that everything I do is digital. Handwriting is crucial to our culture and who we are.
But then again, so was Latin at one point, and that’s a done deal in most schools in the UK at least.
Do you think that, in 100 years, we’ll have evolved beyond handwriting? Let me know in the comments below.